Five years ago Gwendolyn Oxenham, a Certificate in Documentary Studies grad and former Duke soccer star, boyfriend Luke Boughen, and Certificate in Doc Studies grads Rebekah Fergusson and Ryan White began their global travels to chase the soul of soccer by playing in pickup games wherever they could find them. The four filmmakers’ resulting documentary was the critically acclaimed Pelada. Oxenham’s new book, Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-Five Countries, and the Search for Pickup Soccer, chronicles her and her friends’ eye-opening around-the-world journey, and has been generating critical buzz since its June release.
Book event for Finding the Game
Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
At the CDS book event Oxenham will read from Finding the Game, followed by a signing and reception. It will be a homecoming of sorts for the Duke grad. “In college, I loved everything about CDS—the professors, the building, the exhibits, the way it felt like everyone had an idea they cared about,” she wrote in an email. “A few years after graduation, when we found our own idea, CDS was the first place we came. This is where we hatched our plan and this is where that plan became possible. CDS took us in and let us use the editing bays, eat leftover exhibit food, and make a racket in the hallway. I’ve relied on the wisdom and support of the CDS staff for the past ten years and I’m jazzed to come back to my favorite place.”